The making of… 365days

On December 3rd, 2010, I took my first photo in a series I called ‘365days’. My mission: To take one selfportrait a day, for 365 days. On December 2nd 2011, I took my last shot. That was it, I had done it, I hadn’t missed a single photo!

But did I really take one selfportrait a day? Well… On Flickr I posted one photo a day, true. And some days it only took one shot.

But most days I had to take a whole lot of photos in order to get the one that was perfect. Since I don’t have a shutter release cable, I had to put my camera on self-timer and hope that I looked nice the moment it took a picture. I did program it to take a series of pictures, but still, it was quite a gamble.

I could end up with vague shots or shots where I’m not in the picture completely.

I could end up with shots in which I looked, well, just weird.

Eventually, one shot would be exactly right. Hallelujah! Then I had to adjust things. You know, get rid of a my bookcase (in the top-left corner of the photo), get rid of a white spot on the wall (middle-left). The colors sometimes needed some adjustments too, and maybe the lighting was too harsh, or there wouldn’t be enough contrast.

And so, after a whole series of photos and after a session in Photoshop, I was finally done. I added the one photo to my 365days series. Voila! One selfportrait a day, 365 days!

I’m still considering doing this project again, but then the old-fashioned way. The only way to truly take one photo a day is to go analogue. Because then I can’t cheat, I have the rolls of film, and I won’t be able to see what I’ve done until I’ve finished the film. That would be exciting, wouldn’t it?

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